Wow! As the Honorable Leon Panetta finished his keynote address, the Honorable Ron Sarasin, President & CEO of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society found that this was the only word that expressed the feeling of the captivated audience gathered in the Cannon Caucus Room on July 23rd to honor the rich history of the House Armed Services Committee. The evening began with a reception where members of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s Capitol Committee greeted Members of Congress, Committee staff, and distinguished guests over passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
The call to dinner was followed by the Presentation of the Colors by the U.S. Capitol Police Ceremonial Unit. President Sarasin welcomed the nearly 150 guests and led them in a toast to the Committee. As those gathered enjoyed dessert, the speakers were introduced to standing ovations.
Current Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) emphasized the crucial role of the Committee staff and spoke about the dedicated combat veterans who also served as staff members. Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) highlighted the vast responsibilities of the Committee and the importance of working together. The Honorable Leon Panetta, former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense, was welcomed by the Honorable Tom Coleman, Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. Secretary Panetta spoke to the mesmerized crowd about the critical issues facing our country and our leaders.
The event was generously supported by Bank of America, The Boeing Company, Express Scripts, General Dynamics, Hewlett-Packard, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.